Review: Bury St Edmunds Mexican restaurant Amigos, voted best in England, offers a warm welcome and flavoursome food
It was a balmy Saturday in Bury St Edmunds.
The temperatures was not quite as high as I'd expect in Cancun – but certainly heading in the right direction – and I was in Brentgovel Street for a lunch date with former colleagues Laura and Helen.
We were meeting at Amigos, a friendly eatery tucked above shops and a travel agent in the heart of the town centre.
Its street frontage may be small, but go upstairs and you're greeted by a spacious timber-framed restaurant.
We had arrived minutes after opening, keen for a long-overdue catch-up and tasty food.
Voted the best Mexican restaurant in England in last month's Food Awards England 2022, we thought it was high time to sample the restaurant's delights for ourselves.
We were welcomed warmly by our waiter and quickly set about trying to choose what food us three (hungry) friends would demolish for lunch.
On reading the menu we realised the restaurant runs a happy hour from noon-4pm on Saturdays, with two-for-one cocktails.
Alas all of us were driving so could not take advantage of the offer, but our waiter kindly said he could make us virgin passion fruit margaritas, even though they were not on the menu. Perfect.
Food-wise, I opted for chips con queso to start, with Laura choosing stuffed jalapenos and Helen going for the calamari de amigos.
Laura said her stuffed jalapenos – described on the menu as sweet and spicy jalapenos stuffed with cheese and served with a ranch dressing – were packed with filling and flavoursome.
I had a touch of food envy for Helen's deep-fried squid with chipotle mayo and fresh lime, but luckily she let me try some – it was crisp, it was tasty and the chipotle mayo gave it a welcome kick.
Meanwhile, I was diving into my nachos con queso. They were fresh, crisp and gave a very satisfying crack on biting into them. Meanwhile the cheese sauce – with chopped jalapenos – was just delicious (although I could have done with a tiny touch more of it).
Amigos' main menu offers quesadillas, burritos, fajitas, enchiladas, tacos, salads, grills and chimichangas.
All three of us opted for burritos – a large flour soft tortilla wrapped around rice, beans, cheese and our choice of filling – with Helen choosing steak in serrano sauce, after guidance from the waiter as she was also tempted by the Amigos chilli beef, and Laura and I selecting king prawns in serrano sauce.
They arrived dripping with guacamole, sour cream and pico.
Silence descended on our table – although by now the restaurant was full with other diners – as we devoured our bursting burritos.
All three of us were full of praise for the tasty fillings, cooked to perfection.
The king prawns were juicy and massive, although maybe I could have done with one or two more (or maybe I am just greedy).
We all appreciated the restaurant's atmosphere, while service was efficient, friendly and non-intrusive. Our waiter was happy to take pictures of the three of us, while he was experienced enough to realise we needed time to catch up – as well as eat.
With burritos eaten, virgin margaritas drunk and several years of news exchanged, we were sadly unable to fit any desserts in our bellies (although we did peruse the menu and were tempted by the mini Mexican doughnuts, honeycomb cheesecake and chocolate brownie).
We paid the bill and descended from Amigos to the bustling town centre – vowing to return on a Saturday when all three of us could work our way through the restaurant's extensive cocktail list and take advantage of that happy hour offer.
- For reservations, go to https://www.amigosbury.com/
- Tuesdays are buy one get one free tacos.
- There is an extensive vegan menu.
- If you enjoy a margarita, Monday is your day to visit. The restaurant offers two for one on margarita Mondays.
- Takeaway opening hours are 4.30pm-9pm Monday to Thursday, noon-10pm Friday and Saturday (closed Sunday).
- Eat-in orders between 4.30pm-9pm Monday to Thursday, noon-10pm Friday and Saturday (food) and 10am-midnight (drinks), closed Sunday.